|This wave is as rare as they come, sometimes not breaking for years. So much has to be aligned perfectly for it to break like this making this photo more special than most of my shots, sometimes pure luck plays a lot in surfing photography.|
Ireland is frign cold, windy and very wet but when the elements come together for big waves there's no other place in the world I'd rather be. Photographing the surf here in winter is a real challenge with the sun never rising above 15 degrees in the dead of winter making the days short and dark, that's why you hardly ever see photographers from outside Europe traveling to this part of the world. I was lucky enough to live here for 10 years and embrace everything that is truly Irish and what makes this country great. Over the 10 years I only photographed it for probably 6 years as I had other things on me mind like Guinness, Bulmers, breakfast rolls with black pudding, drinking vodka in Russia, traveling to all the beautiful countries in Europe. Those 6 years were the best years of my life, the timing couldn't be any better as Ireland was just getting into the big wave scene. It was such an honor to record the birth of that, the discovery of big wave spots and watch these quite reserved Irish surfers take it on in the harsh elements the Atlantic threw at them. So here's to Ireland and once again I thank you for showing me what this amazing coastline has to offer.
Here's my top 12 shots that make me well up inside and wanting to go back their tomorrow, Sláinte.
Daithi Lavelle, what a guy. He's quite keeps to himself, turns up to Mullaghmore and pulls into the barrel of a lifetime. When I showed him the sequence on the boat he couldn't believe it giving me the biggest hug ever, we both just cracked up laughing. This is why I stuck out the cold frign wet days on a 15ft rib getting battered by howling winds each day, to see ya mates having the time of there lives and recording it for them giving them something to remind them of the day and to show there kids and grand kids what their old man used to get up to. Stoke just pure Stoke